Getting Started

Here is the post about Stampers that I told you I was going to do. I am sorry it took me so long. The reason why is that I went out and purchased what I needed to actually try these out. If you are artistic in any way, you are going to want to get these. Foils are pre-made patterns that you apply. Stampers are designs that you pretty much make yourself and then apply.

To begin you are going to want to make sure you have these items:

  • Design plates
  • Stamper
  • Scraper
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Brush
  • Acetone
  • Desired nail polish colors

When you first get everything ready you are going to make sure everything you have is clean. The design plates will usually come with a plastic film that you are going to have to remove before you use them. Clean your stamper with a lint roller. This will get rid of any dust and using acetone on them tends to damage them over time. Hint-a clear stamper works best because you can see through it to place your image properly.

As a basic beginning, clean up your hands and nails to get them ready for your designs.

Stamper DIY

You are going to want to start with your base coat. This protects your nails and prevents any staining. Then paint your desired color. White is usually the best but, as you get better at this you can try different colors.

Make sure you have your desired image plate, stamper and scraper. Paint half of your selected design with your chosen color and use your scraper to scrape the paint through the rest of the design. This will fill in the image and remove any excess paint.

Pick up the image with your stamper by pressing it on the plate where you have applied the paint. Quickly apply the image on the stamper by pressing it to your nail.

Clean up any polish that has ended up on your finger with a brush dipped in nail polish remover. Let it dry completely. Apply your top coat and you are finished. Pretty simple.

Different Designs

Ombre – Blending two different colors on one design.

Cover half of the image you would like to stamp with your first color. Cover the second half with your second color. When you scrape these colors move your scraper up and down a little to blend the colors in the middle. Then pick up the image with your stamper and apply to your nail. You can try this with three or four colors if you like. Finish with your top coat and clean up.

Reverse stamping

Paint your design with your white polish. Scrape it once or twice with your scraper. Pick up your design with your stamper. Paint your design on your stamper with your desired colors. You don’t have to stay in the lines, you will see that it doesn’t matter when you put it on your nail. After the colors have dried add a top coat ( to the stamper ) and let it dry completely. About 15 to 30 minutes. Peel it off with your tweezers.

Paint your nail with top coat over your base color and wait just long enough for it to be sticky. Press your image gently onto your nail. Use a cuticle pusher to secure the image around your cuticle and use a brush dipped in acetone to remove any excess.

Another Reverse Stamping

Put your desired color polish on the design plate. Scrape once or twice with your scraper. Pick up the image with your stamper. Color in any parts of the image that you like. Once again paint your nail with top coat and wait just long enough for it to be sticky. Apply the stamper to your nail, gently so it will peel off the stamper and stick to your nail. Clean up any excess on your fingers with your brush dipped in acetone.

Marbleized Design

Start with adding spots of three or four colors directly onto your stamper. You must do this process fast so that your polish does not dry before you are done. Once you have all of your spots tap your stamper onto your nail lightly and you will get a marbled look. You can finish with your top coat or wait for it to dry and add a design on top using the marbled look as a base color. Clean up with your brush dipped in acetone to remove the excess.

Artistic or Not

Now that we have gone over a few design techniques you can see that you do not have to be an artist to have beautifully designed nails. With a little bit of practice with your tools and all of your colors you too can enjoy stamping.

A few things for you to remember. Different designs require different techniques, so play around with your tools and have fun with it. Sometimes you are going to want to roll your stamper onto your nail and other times it might be better to dab. Try different stampers to find out which style works best for you. They are not that expensive. There are stamping polishes out there that work great, but, you can use your favorite polish. Try them out on paper to see how they turn out.

If you would like some choices on a few stamping kits to start you out just click HERE.

I hope you have enjoyed having fun with stampers. In my opinion, Foils are an easy to do, already made design and Stampers are a design that you can create yourself. You will have to choose which one you like better. Let me know what you think in the messages below. Here is to having beautiful nails and Blessed Be.



Stamper Kits, Are They Better Than Foils?

4 thoughts on “Stamper Kits, Are They Better Than Foils?

  • February 27, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    These Stamper Kits you are referring to sound a whole load of fun if you can very much do whatever creative design you want to!  That’s amazing and at the same time it’s unique and original!For a beginner like me, all your tips to make the stamper last are quality control points to take note of and will save me lots of money in the long run!  A lint free cloth is cheaper to replace than the Stamper Pad!I like the fact that you provide step by step methods on how to apply the stamper, but would it be possible for you to provide pictures to help aid in the visual side of how to carry out this process?I’m sure a lot of your readers would gladly welcome this, as would I! 🙂

    • February 27, 2019 at 2:04 PM


      Funny you should say that, yes I am currently working on the visuals/videos to help with the training of beginners. Thank you for your input and I am glad I could help. Blessed Be Kari

  • February 27, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Kari, this is fascinating. I can see how it would be much more creative using a stamp but I am not very artistic. Do you have some links to creative ideas for nail designs?

    For someone like me, a video clip might help. Is there anything in the pipeline. The marbleising looks gorgeous, I have got to have a go at that.

    Good nails can make you feel quite special really.

    I did not realise there were so many different ways of doing nails and they are a lot cheaper than getting them done on the high street / nail bar etc.

    • February 27, 2019 at 2:01 PM


      I do have a few other posts that you might want to check out. Look at “Keeping it Natural”, I think that one would best suit you. Even “Where the Nails Are” would be helpful I think. Thank you for your kind words and let me know if there is anything else that I can help you with. Blessed Be Kari


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